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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 snorts Carrollton reaches sectional finals The outlook Cloudy with chance of showers high near 44 low near 27 Its a girl Becoming parents a surprise for Mike and Alexia Eberhart PageCl Tuesday February By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTONEd Voumard who had fulfilled a childhobd dream to be mayor of his hometown of Alton died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday night from all walks of life Voumard steelwprkers politicians and business owners Ready to fire mourned the death of the 50 yearold former mayor who spent his life serving Alton the town that he loved Alton and its people were always close to Eddies said his close friend Dave Whipple coordinator of the Madison County 911 Everyone is shocked by his sudden Voumard had enjoyed Valentines Day with his two younger children and then col lapsed at home and was rushed to Alton Memorial Hospital where he was pro nounced dead at 1 heart tt A Iton and its people were always rlclose to Eddies heart Everyone is shocked by his sudden Dave Whipple 911 coordinator Funeral arrangements are pending at Gent Funeral Home in North Alton The flag at Alton City Hall will fly at halfmast for Ed who was a servant of the peo said Alton Mayor Donald Sandidge who rushed to the hospital Sunday to be with Voumards family Voumard was born into a family of politicians the son of the late Edward Voumard a former Alton city policeman and democratic precinct committeeman for 35 years When he was 18 Voumard went to work in the produce department at Krogers Store in Alton after graduating from Alton High School in 1967 The young Voumards love of poli tics blossomed and he followed the footsteps of his father into the political arena His career in politics start ed early and he served as an alderman in Alton from 1979 81 as Alton City Clerk from 19811989 and as mayor from 19891993 He was recently re elected as a Madison County Board member in District 9 It was Eddies dream from his childhood to be elected mayor of his hometown of said Whipple who met Voumard in high school Ed was proud to be mayor It was a highlight of his serving as director of personnel for the city of Alton at the time of his death an appointment made by Sandidge He died serving the city he Whipple said See MAYOR Page A7 fliver Bend loses community leader Judge allows suit against Ameritech over the wording of its Inside Wire Maintenance contracts Customers across the country were notified this month of a small credit on their telephone bills reflecting that settlement also authorized by Judge Bono The newest suit challenges Ameritechs practice of billing cellular air time IU f T J il by UP iney ve had the to the next minute A cus tomer who has used his cellular telephone for two minutes 30 seconds for instanrp ij action FOUnd Up to the next billed as if he for 2 million eel minutes Tillery Steve TlHery id states an attor bringing suit against Ameritech Ameritech By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Ameritech cellular phone users across the nation may benefit from a Madison County judges decision to allow a class action lawsuit challeng ing the companys billing practices Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono this month certi a technology to the second sincethe mid1980s This is a key said Steve Tillery who brought the suit on behalf of Bradley S Joiner of Edwardsville and Catherine McKay of St Louis in 1996 Tillery was also a litigant in a recent class action suit against Ameritech in which the company settled a dispute said the compa ny does not comment on pending litiga tion Tillery maintains the prac tice costs the average cus tomer about to a month The average call is two minutes 14 seconds he said See SUIT Page A7 By TONY D MASINELLI For The Telegraph ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS The River Bend has lost one of its top community leaders a man who has been described bypeers as a humanitarian a true gentle man and one of fhe most outstanding labor leaders in the state Tho mas B b e r Majovsky business man ager for Laborers Local Majovsky 218 and trustee for the Central Laborers Welfare Fund died unexpect edly on Saturday at He meant more to me than said his wife Jane He was a wonderful husband and grandfather Union work was very important to him He was as good to people as he could be and his union work ers liked him very Majovsky is remembered as a hardworking defender of the rights of laborers and a fair cooperative communica tor who was respected equally in business and labor circles He was a very good person to be said Jeff Naville secretarytreasurer of Local 218 Hed do anything for anybody and Im not exag gerating He was somebody that could work things out between labor and manage ment and he kept working relationships with both Naville recalled that Majovsky provided crucial leadership during projects that became two of the highlights of his 19year term as business manager the Alton locks and See LEADER Page A7 Good Morning C4 Obituaries Abbott Brandt Crumer Deprates Dhue Dollar Gilbert Gusewelle Hofmeier Hyinan Ingram Majovsky Poivey Schaefer Schild Seibold Smith Sneeringer Solander Stanka Stanley Voumard Wagner Wood WeatherC6 Church serves up free lunch By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Huhterstown resident Carnell Brown stopped in Monday at Cherry Street Baptist Church for a bite to eat Christian fel lowship and some neighborly conversation Im trying to encourage people to come into the said Brown Once you get to a point where you have no outlet its a sad The occasion was the third such Monday lun cheon to be held at the churchs fellowship hall 1125 E Sixth St One of the volunteers church member Sandy Britt said the congregation surveyed neighbors living in the surrounding Hunterstown area to see what outreach needs they might have The top request was having a regular meal thus sparking the idea for the Monday lunches We wanted to help the people of Hunterstown to reach out physically and feed them and to spiritually feed said Britt We wanted to bring them into knowing Jesus Christ That is dur church The lunches are for people who reside within the area bounded by Ridge Seventh Vine Fifth Plum and Fourth streets and Broadway Bill Holland another member of the church is head cook Mondays menu included chili and grilled cheese sandwiches Dessert was Doris The SMITH Jackie Holland a member of Cherry Street Baptist Church pours an iced tea for Jim Troy a member of the neighborhood Marshalls two varieties of cakes Holland a retired truck driver said the half dozen or so neighbors who have stopped by for lunch during the past three Mondays have liked his vegetable soup and other specialties Next week chili mac will be served He said he plans I See CHURCH Page A7 TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE WJP COMMIteiAl CARPETING DISCOUNT CARPET 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 4652622 1 ft   

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